Posts Tagged ‘Telecoms’

Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5bn

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Sooner or later, Skype is bound to redefine the whole concept of telephone service …

The once-dominant software company has agreed to pay more than three times Skype’s valuation just 18 months ago

Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, its biggest ever, is an $8.5bn (£5bn) gamble to try to catch up with Apple and Google.


Skype ‘in Facebook and Google talks’

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Who knows? In another five years, we might be sending our monthly phone payments to Facebook instead of AT&T or Verizon …

Internet phone service in negotiations over link-ups that could delay Wall Street flotation, according to reports

The internet phone service Skype is entertaining partnership talks with both Facebook and Google – delaying its $100m (£60m) Wall Street flotation – according to reports.


Is the iPhone About to Lose its Mojo?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

For many people a mobile phone is a fashion accessory or an extension of their personality; for me, it’s just a way to know what time it is without having to wear a wristwatch.

Android is racing ahead of Apple in the US as the mobile phone struggle enters a new phase

A growing number of tech experts are predicting that the iPhone is in danger of losing the “smart phone wars” to an upstart operating system from Google, in a dramatic reversal of fortune for one of the world’s coolest hi-tech products.


Alarm Bells for Apple as Glitch Hits New Year Wake-Up Calls for iPhone Users

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Am I the last person on Earth who still relies on an old-fashioned clock-radio?

Frustration vented on Facebook and Twitter, after earlier malfunctions over clock changes in Europe

There was further alarm for Apple over the weekend as iPhone and iPod users complained they had missed wake-up calls because of a software programming error.


Google to Delete Street View Data Gathered in the UK

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Apparently, they do things differently in the UK …

Technology giant signs commitment to improve its data handling after illegally capturing personal details from Wi-Fi networks

Google is to delete the sensitive information – including full emails and passwords – it illegally captured from Wi-Fi networks when its Street View cars mapped the UK’s towns and cities.


iPhone 4 Lock Screen Bypass Discovered

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Here’s a security flaw that iPhone 4 users should be aware of …

iPhone 4 security flaw means strangers can access phone functions without knowing user’s password

A security flaw has been found in Apple’s latest iPhone which allows strangers to bypass the handset’s passcode-protected lock screen with a few button presses.


China demands ID from all buyers of mobile phone numbers

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I’m not sure what I think about this one … on one hand, junk calls are definitely bad, but on the other hand, China’s record on human rights isn’t exactly terrific either.

Government says it hopes junk will be sunk by rules on new numbers, but critics fear more monitoring of citizens

China began requiring identification from anyone buying a new mobile phone number today in what it says is a bid to stamp out junk messages.

But critics say the move gives the government a new tool for monitoring its citizens.


Google offers free calls via Gmail in US

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I’m so old, that I remember when Google was just a search engine …

The search company is aiming to undercut international call rates and set up phone boxes in universities and airports for its call product

Google has added free voice calls over the internet to its free email service Gmail in the US – although some UK users have found they can also use the service to make calls to the US for free.